Report: Palestinians behind cyber-attacks against Israel

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Gaza-based Palestinian hackers are among those likely behind a spate of cyber-attacks against Israel carried out over the last two years, a new report says. (Illustrative photo.) Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Gaza-based Palestinian hackers are among those likely behind a spate of cyber-attacks against Israel carried out over the last two years, a new report says. (Illustrative photo.) Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Gaza-based Palestinian hackers are among those likely behind a spate of cyber-attacks against Israel carried out over the last two years, according to a new report by the global security software company Trend Micro.

The report, titled “Operation Arid Viper: Bypassing the Iron Dome,” was written in partnership with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. It found that the cyber-attackers used emails to send out malicious files intended to extract sensitive information from computers at research institutes and other Israeli institutions.

The emails contained a short pornographic video meant to distract targeted Israeli employees from the spy file while hackers collected information from the computer and made it available to a command-and-control server, where the victim’s private information was then assessed.

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